Pumpkin Cream Pie

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3 ½ cups gingersnap crumbs

5 - 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

pumpkin filling

2 cups low-fat milk

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ cup cornstarch

2 large eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree

¼ tsp salt

rum cheesecake topping

10 oz cream cheese, at room temperature 9 (rum cheesecake topping)

⅓ cup granulated sugar (rum cheesecake topping)

1 tbsp heavy whipping cream (rum cheesecake topping)

1 tsp rum extract (rum cheesecake topping)

1 large egg (rum cheesecake topping)

pinch ground nutmeg (rum cheesecake topping)

pinch ground cloves (rum cheesecake topping)

pinch ground cinnamon (rum cheesecake topping)

1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped (rum cheesecake topping)


1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Place the gingersnap crumbs in a large bowl and drizzle half of the melted butter all over. Using your hand or a silicone spatula, mix thoroughly. Add more butter a little at a time until you can make a fist with the crumbs that retains its shape but is easily broken (not too dry, and not too wet). Press the crumbs tightly into a 9-inch pie plate. A deep pie plate is much more suited to this task. Bake until the crust feels quite firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

2. Whisk together the milk, brown sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes, whisking constantly. In a large bowl, beat the eggs. Gradually add half of the hot milk mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thick, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the pumpkin puree and salt. Pour into the pie shell and chill until set, 2 to 3 hours.

3. Cream together the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the cream, rum extract, egg, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla bean seeds. Mix until well combined. Use a silicone spatula to fill a pastry piping bag with the filling. Cut off the tip. Pipe the cheesecake over the pumpkin filling, minding not to get too close to the crumb crust. Use a spatula to smooth out the topping to just meet the crust edge, being careful not to drag crumbs over the surface. Bake until the top is glossy and the center still wiggles, about 45 minutes.

Bon Appetit!

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